City Diary: Bankers go in to bat against the professionals

Victor Blank's annual cricket match at his Oxfordshire retreat this weekend in aid of the Wellbeing charity for women and babies promises some intriguing confrontations. For the last seven years retired top-class cricketers have been pitched against celebs and businessmen.

This year, for instance, how will Mr Blank, chairman of merchant bank Charterhouse, fare against the bowling of Phil Edmonds? Will Nigel Wray, chairman of Burford Holdings, get over his hamstring problems in time to bowl against Clive Lloyd and David Gower? Whatever, the game's the thing. Sir David Frost and Mr Blank will select their teams from the gathered throng, though I must say I would back Sunil Gavaskar against Lord Harris, chairman of Carpetright, or WPP's Martin Sorrell, anytime. Rory Bremner is also on hand, so the commentary should be good.

Brian Keelan, the pugnacious director of corporate finance at SBC Warburg, is set to make a surprise intervention at the Westminster Health Care EGM today.

Wesminster has launched a hostile bid for Goldsborough Healthcare and is holding today's meeting to gather shareholder support. Mr Keelan, like the bad fairy, is likely to spoil the party. Not many people know that Goldsborough owns shares in Westminster. Having access to the EGM, Goldsborough has co-opted Mr Keelan to represent it, and in particular to ask a number of nasty questions, such as: Where is Westminster's Annual Report? What are the occupancy figures for Westminster's residential homes? And how big are its debts?

If Mr Keelan does make his appearance, Westminster and its adviser Barings, led by Anthony McGrath, are in for a bumpy ride.

A Manchester law firm has set up an office in a hospital - but no jokes about ambulance-chasing, please. Donns of Manchester has been invited by the NHS trust board at Salford's Hope Hospital to set up business there on the specific condition that the law firm will not accept cases against the hospital.

Law firms are now targeting NHS trusts as new areas for expansion, and would like to see themselves as a sort of Citizens' Advice Bureau for staff and patients. Lets hope so. According to Chambers & Partners' Directory of the Legal Profession 1995-96, Donns is "best known for accident and uninsured loss litigation".

Amschel Rothschild's untimely death at the age of 41 raises questions about the future of NM Rothschild, the famly merchant bank led by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. According to City observers, the bank itself will be unaffected, since Amschel's side of the family did not own equity in the bank, but Rothschild Asset Management, of which he was chairman, now needs a new leader.

Likely candidates would appear to include two non-executive directors of RAM, Sir Carel Mosselmans, chairman of Rothschild International Asset Management, and Sir Hugh Bidwell, former Lord Mayor of London and a non- executive director of RAM.

Amschel Rothschild was hard at work pulling in the various global strands of RAM to be centred on Paris when he died on Monday night. The bank itself is not commenting.

Wall Street is rocking with gossip following allegations that dozens of young brokers are paying others to take their licensing exams. The National Association of Securities Dealers says that some brokers pay as much as $2,500 to others to sit the exam on their behalf.

"We're on to a startling number of people," Martin Kuperberg, the New York district director of the NASD, concedes. Already prospective brokers sitting the tests are being asked to give their fingerprints and from September, all exam sessions will be recorded on videotape.

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Carlton Senior Appointments: Private Banking Manager - Intl Bank - Los Angeles

$200 - $350 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: Managing Producer – Office...

Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advisor – Ind Advisory Firm

$125 - $225 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advi...

Sheridan Maine: Commercial Finance Manager

Up to £70,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Sheridan Maine: Regulatory Reporting Accountant

Up to £65,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas